Emotional and elegant songstress Christina Perri is really only known for her heart-wrenching breakup hit “Jar of Hearts” or her beautiful contribution to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (parts one and two), “A Thousand Years”. She’s not necessarily a powerhouse vocalist and her personal life isn’t plastered all over the tabloids. With her new single “Human”, one thing is for certain about Ms. Perri – she, like the rest of us, is only human.
This chilling track paired with Perri’s semi-airy and haunting vocals brings to life a song that talks about the things that we do in order to keep our true selves hidden away from the world. We fake smiles. We force laughs. We dance and play the part. But we do these things to never reveal what’s going on on the inside because we don’t want that feeling of putting an emotional burden on the shoulders of the ones who “build us up.” The track brings to our attention that we as human beings will act in certain ways completely based on how much we care for the person (in which case it doesn’t necessarily have to be a significant other).
The fact that her strong, clear vocals overpower the instrumentation consisting mainly of piano and light percussion (with hints of violin) really make the relatability factor so much more apparent. While the pace is mellow throughout the song, her voice builds in correlation with the slow build in the music and makes the listener feel the lyrics as if it were coming from our own diaries. The first half of the chorus, “I’m only human/and I bleed when I fall down/I’m only human/and I crash when I break down,” successfully gives you a reason to accept the fact that no one, not even ourselves, is perfect no matter how hard we try. The bridge, consisting of the repeating the phrase “I’m only human,” is so emotionally driven that it’s almost therapeutic in a reassuring sense.
“Human” is not a love song nor is it a breakup song, but a deeply passionate song about opening up your eyes to what it really means to be a human being in a world that pressures us to constantly have ourselves put together. It really makes you feel the emotions that come with investing yourself into someone you care about and how we sometimes are afraid of completely showing our true selves to someone. It’s beautiful, raw, honest, and has all the makes of becoming another theme song for an epic young adult saga.